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One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest. And in the past several months, a scramble in California’s almond groves has given the world a taste of what may lie in store for food production if the widespread — and still puzzling...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
If you ask most experts why we should worry about all those honeybees and wild bees that are famously dying off, they'll often give a simple answer: because bees pollinate so many of our crops. Without bees flitting from flower to flower, spreading pollen as they go, we wouldn’t have bountiful harv...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Honey Bees are dying and now a team of environmental regulators has been tasked with determining why. On Friday, President Barack Obama announced plans for a task force to help save the bees. The team, which will be co-chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protectio...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Over the last several years, a massive number of bee colonies have died, putting beekeepers, farmers and scientists in a bit of a panic. They've come up with a lot of reasons why colonies are collapsing and dwindling. But on Tuesday, Jeff Pettis, research leader of the U.S. Department of Agri...
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Posted by on in MyBlog
Honey bees are trapped in a Catch 22 where antibiotics used to protect them from bacterial illnesses ravaging hives are making them die from commonly used pesticides, some of which are used to ward-off bee-killing parasites. A new study into the effect of antibiotics on honey bees adds to the resea...
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Posted by on in Animals
Bees have a much greater economic value than is widely known, according to a scientific probe into strawberry-growing. Strawberries pollinated by bees were of far higher commercial value than fruit that was self-pollinated or pollinated by the wind. They were heavier, firmer and redder and had a l...
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Posted by on in Solar
I like to emphasize the importance of the application of technologies. A technology can be wonderful if you implement it in a sensible manner, or that same technology could be terrible if implemented foolishly. Solarcentury seems to get that. It intends to turn its solar farms into wildlife sanctua...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Last Monday the European Union deputy ambassadors voted to accept  evidence available that confirms the link between pesticides and bee deaths. The vote took place in Brussels, where they were forced to act quickly to set forth a ban for a minimum of at least two years on the pesticides that sc...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
  Sheila Colla wades into the pye weeds, her net swooping over the pink flowers. “This is bumble bee heaven,” she says, as she catches a bee and nudges it from the net into a small plastic vial for inspection. It’s a lemon cuckoo bumble bee, one of the strange cast of characters in the be...
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